Harry Hughes graduated from UQ Dental in 1952. He served four years short service in the Royal Australian Navy Dental Service before proceeding to the University of Toronto, Canada where he completed a DDS degree graduating with Honors. He continued to the UK where he intended to study for the FDS, RCS, but found that Oral Surgery was not his thing, so he spent some four years in private practice. Returning to Australia he felt guilty at not achieving more and applied to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, Michigan to study Fixed Prosthodontics. In those days, UM was recognized as the number #1 dental school in the world, so he was very pleased to gain admittance. On completion of his MS degree he returned to Australia and entered specialist private practice in Brisbane CBD.firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1972, he was invited back to Ann Arbor from private practice to spend one year as a visiting teacher at the dental school. The Australian Dental Journal commented that such an appointment from private practice and not from acadaemia, was most unusual. An offer of an appointment as Associate Professor of Prosthodontics at UM with indeterminate tenure resulted, but with a young daughter and a very shaky marriage, he declined the offer. In 1982 the offer of visiting teacher was repeated and he spent another very pleasant sojourn in Ann Arbor before returning to his private practice.
Harry commenced part-time teaching at the University of Queensland Dental School in the mid 1990’s and was appointed part-time Associate Professor of Prosthodontics and ran the department as well as his practice until the appointment of Professor Bickel. As he was now 75 years of age and because of deep differences with Professor Bickel, he decided to resign from the school and close his private practice, and to retire.
Associate Professor Hughes lectures with Dr. Mandikos and Dr. Rotondo in the very popular Prosthodontist Masters Series and has written a Manual of Prosthodontics which is used in the program.